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Campaign for UMKC

The University of Missouri-Kansas City and the UMKC Foundation are pleased to announce the official launch of the Campaign for UMKC.

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One of Chancellor Leo E. Morton's signature initiatives has been establishing The UMKC Foundation and launching the Campaign for UMKC.

The seven-year, $250 million campaign is designed to help UMKC become Kansas City's model research university, to empower students through additional scholarship opportunities, to attract and retain outstanding faculty, and to continue developing and expanding the university's world-class programs and facilities.

"In a city that is first-rate, UMKC must be the academic cornerstone," Morton said. "Campaign funds will help with the ongoing transformation of UMKC and further the measures in our strategic plan."

In less than three years, the seven-year campaign is already closing in on the halfway point toward its $250 million goal. At the end of April, campaign receipts and commitments exceeded $112 million.

Key milestones:

    August 2009: Creation of the UMKC Foundation
    November 2011: Formal announcement of the public phase of the campaign
    2011-2012: Best year in UMKC fundraising history. Gifts announced so far this fiscal year include:
  • $32 million from Henry W. Bloch
  • $6 million from Thomas D. Hyde and Vina W. Hyde
  • $1.5 million from the Sosland Foundation and the Vivian and Hymie J. Sosland Charitable Trust
  • $1.25 million from the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation and from Jeannette Nichols.